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Levy rates

The waste levy is applied to all waste that is disposed to landfill.

The various waste types are:

  • General waste, including municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and construction and demolition waste.
  • Category 1 regulated (or hazardous) waste.
  • Category 2 regulated waste.
  • Other wastes such as treated timber sawdust and shavings and earth contaminated with a hazardous contaminant from land recorded on the environmental management register or contaminated land register attract the general waste levy rate
  • More information on Regulated Waste Classification, including a list of regulated wastes is available.
  • The levy zone is divided into two areas:
    • the metro zone—comprising of the 12 south-east Queensland local government areas
    • the regional zone—made up of the remaining 27 local government areas in the current levy zone.
  • Please refer to the table below for current and future waste levy rates.
  • View a summary of levy requirements for operators—in the levy zone or in the non-levy zone.
Type of waste Levy area (from 1 July 2022) Levy rate (per tonne) increases (per financial year)
2021‑222022‑232023‑242024‑252025‑262026‑272027‑282028‑292029‑30
General levy rate (i.e. other levyable waste) Metro $85 $95 $105 $115 $125 $135 $145 CPI increase CPI increase
Regional $85 $88* CPI increase
Treated timber sawdust and shavings Metro $85 $95 $105 $115 $125 $135 $145 CPI increase CPI increase
Regional $85 $88* CPI increase
Earth contaminated with a hazardous contaminant from land recorded on the environmental management register or contaminated land register Metro $85 $95 $105 $115 $125 $135 $145 CPI increase CPI increase
Regional $85 $88* CPI increase
Regulated waste: Category 1 Metro $165 $175 $185 $195 $205 $215 $225 CPI increase CPI increase
Regional $165 $172* CPI increase
Regulated waste: Category 2 Metro $115 $125 $135 $145 $155 $165 $175 CPI increase CPI increase
Regional $115 $119* CPI increase

GST is not applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator pays the waste levy to the Queensland Government.

GST is applied to the waste levy when a landfill operator charges their customers a fee to cover their levy liability.

* Calculated using the previous year’s levy rate and an indexation figure of 4.3%. The indexation figure is the percentage change in consumer price index for Brisbane from December Quarter 2020 to December Quarter 2021 as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The levy rate to be applied depends on which levy area the waste is generated in and which levy area it is disposed in. Please refer to the below table to understand how the levy rates are to be determined.

Source of wasteDestination of wasteApplicable levy rate
Metro area Metro area Metro area levy rate
Regional area Metro area levy rate
Non-levy zone Metro area levy rate
Regional area Metro area Metro area levy rate
Regional area Regional area levy rate
Non-levy zone Regional area levy rate
Non-levy zone, which includes waste from other jurisdictions Metro area Metro area levy rate
Regional area Regional area levy rate
Non-levy zone No levy